ER in north Aventura

When you need treatment right away, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers 24-hour, high-quality care. Our Aventura ER is kid-friendly, and we promptly treat a variety of conditions in children and adults.

As a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, our facility is equipped with the tools and medical providers needed to offer life-saving trauma services.

If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

It isn't always easy to know when an ER visit is vital, knowing where you can go to get 24/7 treatment when an emergency arises might save your life one day.

To provide our patients with effective and efficient care, we work closely with local fire departments and rescue teams to ensure a seamless transition of care during emergency situations.

We are committed to constant improvement, and in 2017, we invested $75.6 million in an expansion project, which doubled the size of our ER. Our new space includes general exam rooms, isolation rooms and state-of-the-art technology for rapid emergency and trauma care response.

If you aren’t sure whether you should come to the ER or wait for your doctor’s office to open, please call Consult-A-Nurse®, 24 hours a day, at (305) 682-6677.

Level II Trauma Center

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The Florida Department of Health has designated Aventura Hospital and Medical Center as a state-designated Level II Trauma Center. The approval of a trauma center provides a needed access point for trauma care in northern Miami-Dade County that will facilitate life-saving trauma services for its residents and visitors.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is part of Florida’s first statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCA Healthcare to improve access and outcomes of injured patients.

Primary Stroke Center

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was the first facility in Miami-Dade County to receive the certification of Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.

In 2011, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration. We are one of only three centers in Miami-Dade County with this designation, which nationally recognizes our hospital for providing the highest quality stroke treatment.

Chest Pain Center

The Aventura Center for Cardiac and Vascular Medicine offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, earning a national reputation for excellence in the process.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack.

This allows us to perform more effective treatments and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. These observations ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

When should you go to the ER?

Back pain

Back pain is a very common condition, but it can be a sign of something serious that requires immediate medical attention. If your back pain is unbearable or if the pain also comes with any of the following symptoms, you should seek emergency care right away:

  • Fever
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Confusion, slurred speech or inability to speak, vision loss
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowels

Breathing issues

Respiratory distress can be the result of chronic conditions like asthma or something as serious as heart failure. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Breathing stops
  • Severe shortness of breath that affects your ability to function
  • Noisy, high-pitched and rapid wheezing
  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Coughing up blood

Broken bones

Without an X-ray, it can be hard to tell if a bone is broken, dislocated or if you just have a bad sprain. Along with pain, the following symptoms may mean your bone is broken and you need immediate medical care:

  • Bruising around the area
  • Swelling
  • Deformity or a bone bulging through the skin
  • A grating sound or irregular feeling caused by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone (crepitus)

Chest pain

Call 911 right away if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing and comes with any of these symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast or irregular pulse
  • Signs of shock

In addition to these symptoms, women may experience different signs of a heart attack, including:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Discomfort in gut
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder or upper back

Concussion

If you have hit your head and have any of these symptoms, you should go to the ER:

  • Loss of consciousness, even briefly
  • Any period of amnesia or loss of memory
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Worsening or severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure

Flu

The flu virus is very common and does not normally require a visit to the ER for most people. However, for the high-risk populations listed below, it can be very serious:

  • Infants
  • People 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain diseases, including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • People with weakened or compromised immune systems
  • Signs that you should go to the ER with the flu include:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting that can’t be controlled, to the point of severe loss of body fluids (dehydration)
  • If complications, such as pneumonia, develop

Side pain

Most people will experience temporary pain in their side or abdomen at some point in their lives. However, severe side pain can be an indication of something serious. If you have severe pain, especially in your lower right stomach, side or back or if your pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine, pain during urination or have had a recent urinary tract infection (UTI)

Severe pain lasting only a few seconds may be nothing to worry about unless it’s recurring. If severe pain persists for more than a few minutes, you should seek medical attention regardless of other symptoms. Side pain can be an indication of a number of different medical conditions. If the pain is severe, it’s important to get it checked out by a medical professional. Some common diagnoses may include:

  • Urological issues, such as a kidney infection, kidney stones or a bladder infection
  • Appendicitis
  • Ovarian cyst

Stomach pain

Stomach pain is the most common reason patients visit the ER. You should seek immediate medical care if any of the following symptoms accompany your stomach pain:

  • Stomach is hard and/or tender to the touch
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Unable to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomit contains blood

Stroke

Call 911 right away if you think you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke. Quick action after symptoms appear saves brain cells and quality of life. Sudden signs of a stroke include:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness and/or loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

What to expect at our Aventura ER

When you first get to the ER, a triage nurse will ask you about your symptoms and take some vital signs. Once you have seen a healthcare professional, a registration clerk will get information for your medical record and insurance. Whether or not you have insurance or are able to pay, you will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized.

If you have a life-threatening illness or injury, you will be first to be treated in the ER, followed by seriously ill or unstable patients. All others will be seen in the order that they come to the ER. We strive to make your time in the waiting room as pleasant and brief as possible.

Faster check-ins, shorter wait times

We are continually advancing the patient check-in process with new technologies, which is why our emergency healthcare delivers you the same level of convenience as leading retailers, airlines and hotels. Our ER kiosk makes the check-in process simple. At the kiosk, patients can enter the reason for their visit, then manually enter their information or scan in their Florida driver’s license. This information automatically puts the patient in the queue for the triage nurse to evaluate and also captures the information for the patient’s medical record.

Our ER wait times

Our focus on enhancing care while improving the emergency care process has dramatically reduced our ER wait times to below national averages. Wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are available on our website and digital screens on roadside billboards throughout the region.

What to bring with you to the ER

  • List of medicines you take or the actual medicines
  • List of known medical allergies
  • A copy of results from any recent medical tests
  • List of recent medical procedures
  • Care preferences or restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

Before you are sent home, ask any questions you may have about your care. Make sure you keep all your paperwork, discharge instructions and medicines if you receive any.

If you have a primary care provider listed in your medical record, we will give them a copy of your visit summary. Contact your primary care provider after you visit our ER.

If you don't have a primary care provider, you may call (305) 682-6677 for a physician referral.